Elevator Construction Log
12/1/97; 2.5 hrs; drilled right elevator skin to spar; dimpled spar; drilled plate nuts and plates to spar; fluted, deburred and drilled ribs to spar.
12/2/97; 2.0 hrs; drilled left elevator skin to spar; dimpled spar; drilled nut plates and plates to spar; primed plate nuts and elevator horns; drilled, fluted tip ribs.
12/4/97; 0.5 hrs; primed elevator skeleton bones.
Whew! Proof positive that aliens DO exist! (And are busy building RV's!?)
12/8/97; 2.5 hrs; fabricated lh stiffeners for right elevator; drilled all stiffeners to right elevator; dimpled right elevator skin; back-riveted stiffeners to skin; formed trailing edge.
I hate this part; Feeling your lovingly crafted control surface "crunch" in the metal bending torture device! This is how the trailing edges are formed.
12/12/97; 4.0 hrs; right elevator; riveted ribs to spar; drilled skin to spar/ribs;
drilled horn; deburred and dimpled ribs, spar, skin; riveted skin, horn to
Elevator horn clecoed to spar ready for drilling.
12/13/97; 1.0 hrs; completed leading edge of right elevator;installed rod end bearings.
Here are the
basic parts of the left elevator.
12/16/97; 2.5 hrs; drilled and riveted horn to spar; drilled skin to skeleton; riveted skin to skeleton.
12/19/97; 3.0 hrs; completed riveting skin to left elevator; formed ends of trim tab; drilled tab hinge to elevator; drilled and riveted spar to tab; drilled hinge to tab; riveted horns to tab.
12/20/97; 1.0 hrs; riveted hinge to tab; riveted ends of tab.
12/21/97; 1.5 hrs; riveted tab hinge to elevator; fabricated and riveted rib to close elevator at outboard end of trim tab.
1/1/98; 2.0 hrs; formed leading edge of left elevator; mounted HS in jig; mounted right elevator;
1/3/98; 2.25 hrs; installed tip on right elevator; fabricated balsa plugs for elevator tips; installed plugs and coated with polyester resin. Elevators complete.
Total time elevators: 34.75 hrs.
Empennage kit complete. Total time emp kit: 93.65 hours.
Waiting on wing kit.........